Spinach And Cheese Manicotti

Course : Cheeses
Serves: 4
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1 package frozen chopped spinach -- (10 oz)
1 spray olive oil flavored cooking spray
2 teaspoons olive oil
2/3 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic -- minced
1 package light ricotta cheese -- (15 oz)
1/2 cup parmesean cheese -- divided
2 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
8 large manicotti shells
2 cups fat free spaghetti sauce

Preparation / Directions:

Cook spinach according to package directions. Drain well, and press gently between paper towels to remove excess moisture. Set spinach aside. Coat a medium saucepan with cooking spray; add oil. Place over medium high heat until hot. Add onion and garlic; saute 8 minutes. transfer onion mixture to a bowl. Add spinach, ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup parmesean cheese, egg whites, crushed red pepper, and nutmeg; stir well. Cook manicotti shells according to package directions, omitting salt and oil; drain well. Stuff spinach mixture evenly into cooked shells. Spread 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce over bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Place filled shells over sauce. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over shells. Cover and bake at 375* for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup parmesean cheese. *Fill uncooked manicotti shells and add a little water to the sauce. They will be easier to fill, and the final texture will be al dente.


Nutritional Information:

273 Calories (kcal); 11g Total Fat; (31% calories from fat); 22g Protein; 30g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 450mg Sodium

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